MATCH REPORT | Southport 2-0 Boreham Wood – FA Cup

MATCH REPORT | Southport 2-0 Boreham Wood – FA Cup

For the second time in the space of a week, Southport provided clear evidence that not only are they turning the corner but progress is quickly gathering pace.

Seven days after they turned the Vanarama National League North table on its head to put Kidderminster Harriers to the sword, the Sandgrounders produced an equally dominant win as their affection for this season’s Emirates FA Cup continues.

Results in this competition helped carry Southport through a difficult start to the campaign and their latest victory in the cup strengthens the gathering momentum.

Dean Winnard and Jason Gilchrist scored in either half as the Sandgrounders saw off higher-ranked opposition in Boreham Wood to secure their place in the second round.

The scoreline may not have been as wide as at Aggborough the previous weekend, but the manner of the victory was just as decisive.

Southport were in command from the start, Winnard opening the scoring midway through the half and the Sandgrounders’ hold on the game never loosened.

This was a fluent team performance and, as at Kidderminster, two of the key components came in the form of one established member of the side and another who has only just arrived.

While David Morgan continues to revel in the responsibility of recently being named as captain, driving Southport forward from the centre of midfield, Liam Edwards looks every bit the established performer, despite this being his first full week with the team.

Edwards has featured in three games including the Lancashire Partners Challenge Trophy win over Clitheroe and has played a significant part in a defence which has only been breached once in that time.

Here, the Sandgrounders restricted their opponents from the National League to almost nothing in front of goal, ensuring the home team displayed authority at both ends of the pitch.

Winnard put the Sandgrounders on their way on 28 minutes, heading the ball in after a corner from Brad Bauress was touched back across goal at the far post by Jack Sampson.

It was reward for a bright start from the home team, who had early chances through Gilchrist and Dion Charles before goalkeeper Ryan Huddart saved from a Jordan Richards free-kick.

Opportunities for Boreham Wood were rare, Mark Ricketts shooting wide before Kiran Murtagh cleared the crossbar after half-time.

Gozie Ugwu went closest for the visitors, cutting inside before narrowly missing the target, but Southport were in control throughout.

Gilchrist added the Sandgrounders’ second on 71 minutes with another header from a set-play, getting the vital touch to a Bauress free-kick from inside a crowded penalty area.

The winning margin could have been greater, Huddart preventing Marcus Wood’s long-range drive from finding the bottom right-hand corner and the Boreham Wood goalkeeper also saved from Charles.

In front of an excellent home crowd, this was a fine win for the Sandgrounders and they will look to ensure their good form continues.


Southport (4-2-3-1): Hanford, Richards, Winnard, Edwards, Ogle, Morgan, Wood, Charles (Green 88), Gilchrist (Archer 81), Bauress (Homson-Smith 90), Sampson .
Subs not used: Tibbett, Mueller, Parry, Langley.
Goals: Winnard 28, Gilchrist 71.

Boreham Wood (4-4-2): Huddart, Thomas, Parry, Stephens, Fyfield, Shakes, Ricketts, Murtagh (Smith 81), Woodards (Shaibu 57), Umerah, Ugwu (Ash 79).
Subs not used: Burridge, Ilesanmi, Ndiaye.

Attendance: 1,460

Referee: Marc Edwards

Report by Alan Jones

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